The Lavaca High School Concert Band performed at the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association (ASBOA) Region 8 Concert Assessment. The assessment was held at the Van Buren High School Performing Arts Center Tuesday evening. Lavaca did well scoring a 1 rating in sight reading, which is the best measure of a bands musicality. On the stage performance the band received scores of 2,3, and 3.
Band Director, Mr Logan Dooly was very proud of the Lavaca Band and had this to say, “The band played with great energy and enthusiasm! For a “small” AA band we brought a big sound. We received mixed ratings from the judges being 2, 3, and 3 for our stage performance. The band had one of our best performances and I’m very proud of them and their work. Our judges commented that we had “too much enthusiasm” at times and gave good feedback to how we can tap into our potential. It’s a matter of transitioning from marching band sounds into a concert band setting.
We did receive a superior “1” rating and a trophy in the sight reading room, which really shows how much this band has grown as musicians. This is my first superior sight reading score in my 5 years here. Sight reading is where the students are given an entirely new piece of music and have only 7 minutes to look at it. To me this is the best factor showing the musicianship and music reading skills that these students strive to exude in every rehearsal we have.”
Lavaca High School has had such a rich history in their band program. It is great to see the tradition of excellence being continued. In Mr. Dooly’s time in Lavaca, the band has re-emerged to a place of prominence. It is “cool” again to be in the band. The kids are learning not only music, but discipline and dedication as well…and having fun doing it. Resident Press would like to congratulate the Lavaca Band for it’s accomplishments and we look forward to seeing what comes next.